Barca emphasizes style, Real only needs the title

Through the first matches of 2020, Real Madrid is showing the effectiveness of changing the style from florid to pragmatic.

When defeating Valladolid 1-0 in La Liga last Sunday, no Real member could leave with a good memory except defender Nacho – the only goal scorer. In fact, Nacho is not too proud of what he can do. His goal was only salvation in an unattractive match, where Real was nothing better than the 15th place team. It was also not beautiful enough to remember long, when it was just a simple header.

But that match shows the new philosophy of Real. Zidane’s teachers and students do not need to play beautifully, only need efficiency and titles. They are succeeding with this philosophy by taking three points more than defending champion Barca.

When Zidane regained the torn Real ship during the disastrous 2018-2019 season, Zidane understood that he was facing an unprecedented reconstruction mission. In addition to his weak experience in rebuilding a team, he still lacks many good players with high performance, good age … to bring stability. As a result, they changed their philosophy and focused more on the results. Zidane is aware that, no matter how beautiful he plays, the plan will be broken and he will have to leave if Real does not win anything this season.

Supporters are also tending to support Zidane’s change. They are not interested in Real struggling to win against Valladolid, the picture is the opposite of the win time of six, or seven goals as when Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are willing to ignore all problems if the team ends with the title. champion.

The victory over Valladolid is the kind of match that only historical enthusiasts can remember in a few weeks. But with Real, it is important that they have an advantage over Barca. While the rivalry is still struggling to get acquainted with the style of the new coach Quique Setien, Real has quietly moved into a favorable position to prepare to accelerate.

In recent weeks, the line of the Royal team has been almost numb. While Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard are sidelined for convalescence, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Vinicius and Lucas Vazquez are helpless to replace. However, with good adaptability and willingness to change, Real still has the necessary number of goals. Scorer from all front lines such as defender Nacho, Varane, or midfielder Luka Modric, Casemiro.

As a contrast, while Real needs the title to regain confidence and stability, Barca pays more attention to style. After two seasons of winning La Liga with former coach Ernesto Valverde, the Catalonia team came to Setien to restore the traditional ball control game. However, like any new coach, the initial period of acquaintance is always a difficult experience. Losing a game, scoring three goals, conceding two goals in the first three matches is the result that Barca must accept.

Sevilla – Real Madrid: Top opportunity, erasing the lost

Real Madrid finally took their first defeat of the season when they lost 0-3 to PSG in the European Cup in midweek. The point is that the Paris team does not have a trio of Neymar-Cavani-Mbappe and only “old” Di Maria is enough to subdue “White Vulture”.

This is a predictable failure after poor performances since the beginning of the season for teachers and Zidane. They were held to a much weaker opponent like Valladolid, Villarreal and beat Levante despite having led 3 goals.

A sad thing for Zidane or President Perez is that “outcasts” like Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema are the “burden” players. Blockbuster Hazard or Luka Jovic are playing the role of “invisibility” whenever they are on the playing field.

In addition, Real Madrid is gradually becoming a hospital when constantly having to receive special injuries from midfield. Currently, Zidane has only three midfielders playing in the middle of the field: Casemiro, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

That’s difficult, but Real Madrid is facing a great opportunity to lead. Barca suddenly lost while Atletico did not win, so just winning Sevilla and Zidane’s teachers almost certainly get the first place after round 5.

However, this is not an easy goal because Sevilla is the leading team in La Liga after 4 rounds with 10 points (3 wins, 1 draw). A special feature of the current Andalusia club is Julien Lopetegui.

The Spaniard created one of the most famous scandals in football when he agreed to replace Zidane at Real Madrid and was fired just before the start of the 2018 World Cup.

However, Lopetegui’s career at the Bernabeu only lasted a few months and it was President Perez that ordered the strategist to go out. Therefore, this confrontation also carries more or less the meaning of a revenge.

The last three guests of Sevilla, Real Madrid always left empty-handed. Therefore, this is the time when Zidane needs to show his talent to eliminate bad bad luck and take the top of La Liga. If you can do that, the French teacher’s gossip and luck based on Ronaldo can temporarily settle down.

Predict the score: Sevilla 1-2 Real Madrid